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Funding Opportunities

Seed funding competition: Start-up Series

The Start-up Series is a monthly seed funding competition. Every month, one start-up is awarded up to £150,000 of equity funding along with support from an experienced director and media coverage across Start-ups must have been trading for less than 21 months and be UK-based.

Thu 28 Jun 2018, 14:59

£10,000 up for grabs for aspiring youngtrepreneurs

Enter Youngtrepreneurs Network’s The Start-Up Challenge Business Competition for a chance to win upto £10,000 investment to start your own business or grow an existing one!

Wed 29 Nov 2017, 12:13

Catalyst Founders (currently inactive)

Catalyst Founders seek to invest a maximum of GBP50,000 per company, across 50 young founding teams over the next 3 years.

The driving initiative behind Catalyst Founders is to source and nurture individuals with an instinct for entrepreneurship. Continually on the hunt for fresh talent and ideas, they recognise the unpolished potential of youth. Consequently they look for natural-born entrepreneurs, no older than 23, who may be at the early stages of their careers, but are nevertheless dedicated to developing innovative ideas into a material reality.

Fri 10 Jun 2016, 15:18

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

A cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months. The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.

Mon 27 Jun 2016, 14:05

Santander Foundation: Discovery Grants

Grants of up to £5k are available to support three types of activity: Explorer, improving people's knowledge; Transformer, supporting skills and experience; Changemaker, innovative solutions to social challenges. Grants available to UK registered charities, community interest companies and credit unions.

Deadline: applications closed in February 2019. Check the link above for up-to-date information.

Thu 17 Mar 2016, 16:28

Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Aged 16-30? Trading for less than 1 year or looking to start trading in the next 6 months?

Have an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in.

£5,000 to monthly winner

DEADLINE: Applications accepted monthly (31st)


Mon 01 Feb 2016, 15:57

Santander 60 second Pitch Awards

‘Wow’ an audience with a sensational new business idea, concept or product in 60 seconds

Prizes between £500 - £1,500 as well as advice and support from Santander.

DEADLINE: Applications accepted 3 monthly


Mon 01 Feb 2016, 15:55

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Scheme

Deadline: Autumn Term 2016

The University of Warwick is part of a scheme, run in conjunction with the Home Office, to find (non-EEA national) students who will graduate from the University of Warwick this year. The scheme aims to identify, nurture and develop graduate entrepreneurs with a genuine, credible and innovative business idea who wish to stay in the United Kingdom to develop their new venture.

Fri 18 Dec 2015, 17:01

Lord Rootes Memorial Fund

Grants of between £100 - £3,000 towards personal project

Deadline: The next deadline will be during Spring Term 2018.

The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund is intended to encourage personal development by supporting challenging projects proposed by individual and groups of Warwick students, especially projects:

    • demonstrating creativity of thought and the development of an original and personal idea or objective.
      • involving observation and the intelligent use of experience in the scientific, cultural, environmental or business context.

      Awards are not available to support activities which form part of an applicant's programme of study or planned future research.

      You should consider within your proposal what you hope to gain from the project in terms of personal development. If your project includes an element of research, you will also be expected to demonstrate that you have carefully considered your research methods.

      Fri 18 Dec 2015, 16:59